Phoenix, AZ – November 11, 2012 – Over 150 attendees joined the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation in celebration of the 5th Annual Dream Dinner on November 3, 2012 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Three young women were honored as the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation’s 2012 Dream Scholars. They are Maame Amoa-Asare of Arizona College Prep; Gavriella Berk of Desert Mountain High School; and TaMara Farmer of Veritas Preparatory Academy. These extraordinary young women were chosen from over 200 applicants. Their commitment to social justice, along with their personal achievements within their community, qualified them to receive the $4,000 Arizona Dream Builder Scholarship. All three winners are also eligible to participate in the Dream Intern program, which provides paid 8-week internships to graduating high school seniors, introducing them to local businesses and providing them with valuable work experience.

Nicole Stanton served as the keynote for this year’s Dinner. Mrs. Staton is the First Lady of Phoenix and the Founder of “Stop Bullying AZ”, a community advocacy and education group to prevent bullying. Her speech, which began with a preview of the anti-bullying film “Bullied Into Silence”, highlighted the urgency to prevent bullying of both children and adults. Ms. Stanton’s efforts on anti-bullying are an extension of the foundation’s focus on the youth of Arizona and their impact on social justice. Arizona Dream Builder Foundation was proud to donate $500 to Stop Bullying AZ.

In addition to showcasing the outstanding achievements of the Dream Scholars, the Foundation continued its tradition of celebrating youth during the event. “SOS” the dance team from One•n•Ten, an Arizona non-profit whose mission is to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are respected and valued, opened the evening, while the Central High School Clarinet Quartet played during the reception and dinner. Garrett Pauli, a 17-year old local youth poet, performed an anti-bullying poem from his collection.

Anthony Huddleston, Jr. was the feature artist of the evening. The young artist painted two one-of- a-kind pieces reflective of the evening’s anti-bullying theme, and the Foundation’s motto “Dream Believe Inspire”. Both pieces, plus a third, were auctioned at the end of the evening.

The Arizona Dream Builder Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established to provide educational opportunities to youth in Arizona for the purpose of cultivating life-long leaders for social justice who, through their actions, will strengthen their community and our state while building a culture of service.

Since its inception in 2008 over 1200 High School seniors have applied to the Dream Scholar program and 17 Dream Scholars have received a four year scholarship award, totaling over $68,000 in scholarship funds.

In 2009, Arizona Dream Builder Foundation implemented the Dream Intern program, which provides 8-week Internships to select Arizona High School graduates. As of June 2012, 27 Dream Interns have been placed with 8 companies, accounting for approximately 9000 hours of work skills development and over $65,000 earned in wages by its students.

For more information about the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation including the Dream Scholar and Dream Intern programs or for information about the 6th Annual Dream Dinner to be held on November 9, 2013, visit www.azdreambuilder.org, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AZDreamBuilders or call 480-744-6293.





Arizona Dream Builder Foundation works diligently to create greater public awareness of social justice and the tenets of the world’s great leaders as it equips young people for the world of work through education, mentoring, and meaningful paid internships. The ADBF uses its highly successful "Dream Scholar" and "Dream Intern" programs to celebrate those students who demonstrate that commitment in their lives, their schools, and in their communities.

 For more information on the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation, or to be a sponsor of one of its programs, please visit www.azdreambuilder.org or call (480) 744-6293.

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Posted: November 12, 2012
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